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LSU ends its 60-year drought

2015 Division I Men’s Golf

The last time Louisiana State University hoisted the national championship trophy in men’s golf was 1955. Dwight D. Eisenhower resided in the White House, and Elvis Presley had yet to make his first national television appearance. However, on June 3 in Bradenton, Florida, the Tigers finally claimed their fifth championship, defeating the University of Southern California in match play, 4-1.

Coach Chuck Winstead, who took over at LSU 10 years ago, was delighted to see the 60-year championship drought end. When he arrived, the team was ranked 88th with no title in sight.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” Winstead said. “It’s hard to get into a position to even have a chance to win this tournament. And then when you show up out here today and you still have the resolve to play the way we did, I’m very proud of the guys on this team.”

Senior Ben Taylor led the Tigers, scoring the deciding point with a 9-foot par putt at the 18th hole. Taylor had some heroics on the 17th, too, recording an eagle on the 592-yard hole.

“Before I hit my shot, Coach Winstead asked me, ‘Are you having fun?’” Taylor said. “It was hard to say no because it was a lot of fun. It was a perfect club, a perfect yardage, and we knew it was going to be a good shot. To see it run up that tier and go to the back of that green by that back pin was pretty special.”

Southern California’s Bobby Gojuangco made bogey at the 18th hole, which allowed Taylor to move in for the victory.

“It means a lot,” LSU senior Stewart Jolly said. “We’ve worked so hard for this.”

The Results
2015 Division I Men’s Golf

CHAMPIONSHIP
LSU def. Southern California, 4-1

SEMIFINALS
LSU def. Georgia, 3-1-1
Southern California def. Illinois, 3-1-1

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1st: Bryson DeChambeau, SMU, 70-67-72-71 – 280
2nd: Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington, 72, 70, 72, 67 – 281
3rd (tie): Thomas Detry, Illinois, 68-71-73-70 – 282; Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt, 74-69-71-68 – 282

ELITE 89 HONOREE
Tolver Dozier, Troy

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